The Importance Of Stopping

The Importance Of Stopping

How often do you stop doing stuff? I mean really stop doing stuff. This would look like disconnecting from your TV, your email, your computer, movies, and everything that’s not directly related to you or something you can touch. I’m in the middle of doing that for the first time in a long time. Here’s what I’ve learned so far in the first two or three weeks of a roughly 4-month journey and the importance of stopping.

It’s not easy to do, at least for me. I should mention that I decided to not only stop all the “extras” but also moved with my wife and 11-year-old daughter into a REALLY small pop up tent trailer and moved to Baja, Mexico. (There is a plan, yes, but the reality in the immediate time frame is that things are very taxing for us all.)

When all of the distractions go away, I find I’m left with a lot of time to think and feel. Think and feel the things that are otherwise blocked out by the ‘busyness’. Much of what I’m finding, thinking and feeling is amazing and beautiful and some of it is painful and ugly. I believe that we all have those places that are not so fun to look at or experience. I’m currently experiencing some of mine. I’m grateful for the opportunity to do so, no matter how uncomfortable it is, and I want to encourage us all to take the time in our lives to stop and experience life, for real, in its unedited, uncut version.

3 Responses to The Importance Of Stopping

  1. Patty July 19, 2014 at 3:41 am #

    Andrew, an interest in tiny houses landed me on your website and in the process of looking at everything I came across your blog. I like reading blogs, but I always have to start at the beginning because the rest of the story doesn’t make sense if you miss the beginning. Anyway, I felt the need to comment on this particular post because it seems to me that many people deliberately keep themselves busy to avoid thinking about their lives and feeling things that cause them pain or discomfort (being an American this kind of behavior is drilled into us culturally), but by doing this they miss much of what life has to offer. Life is never all sunshine, but nor is it all rain! Taking the time to think and feel is what enables us to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I really enjoyed reading about your insight.

    • Andrew July 20, 2014 at 9:22 am #

      Very well put Patty. I completely agree. I might even play with your words a little and say that not only is life not always all sunshine nor all rain, but we actually NEED both the sunshine and the rain. Without both, life does not deepen and grow. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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